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Wong Kar-Wai selects Chinese American as one of his favorite things MAY 2015

Wall Street Journal article focuses on early film star Anna May Wong

In an interview for the Wall Street Journal, the Hong Kong film director Wong Kar-Wai has chosen the recent Scala book Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion as one of his ‘favorite things’.

Chinese American was published by Scala in association with the New-York Historical Society as a companion to the exhibition of the same name.

Wong, the director of acclaimed films including In the Mood For Love, Chungking Express, My Blueberry Nights and The Grandmaster, is artistic director of the new exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which opened on May 7. He used the Chinese American book as a reference for the section of the Met show about Anna May Wong, the first Chinese American movie star.


Horace Pippin: The Way I See It MAY 2015

Scala has published the catalogue for the exhibition at the Brandywine

Horace Pippin famously said that he painted “exactly the way I see it”. The exhibition ‘Horace Pippin: The Way I See It’ at the Brandywine River Museum of Art explores this independent and bold spirit in Pippin’s painting. Pippin, a self-taught artist, drew on his personal experiences to create artworks that were direct and raw in style and subject. As the Chester County Press puts it in an early review, the show tells the story of “one man’s burning desire to paint”. 

Pippin first gained acclaim for his work in the late 1930s, attracting the attention of N.C. Wyeth and art critic Christian Brinton, but this exhibition is the first examination of his work for over twenty years. It features more than 65 paintings, about half his oeuvre, and explores themes of war, history, and social justice. The catalogue explores these subjects in Pippin’s work as well as the intensity and unique vision of his artistic approach in further depth. 

To again quote the Chester County Press: “We look at his paintings and see not only his life, but the timeless urge to capture that life and leave a mark on the world.”

The catalogue is available now and the exhibition is open until 19 July.

Image credits (from top):
Harmonizing, 1944
Oil on fabric, 24 x 30 in.
Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio
Gift of Joseph and Enid Bissett, 1964

John Brown Going to His Hanging, 1942
Oil on fabric, 24 x 30 in.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
John Lambert Fund, 1943

Man on a Bench, 1946
Oil on fabric, 13 x 18 in.
Collection of Daniel W. Dietrich II

Launch of 'Lincoln Cathedral: The Biography of a Great Building' APRIL 2015

Jonathan Foyle's personal study of the great cathedral

Jonathan Foyle’s fascinating personal study of Lincoln Cathedral was launched last week at both the Cathedral itself and in London. The launch in Lincoln had around 90 guests, with Jonathan Foyle and Jim Newton, the photographer behind the beautiful images in the book, signing copies. 

Having grown up in Lincolnshire, Jonathan spoke of how the Cathedral captured his interest from an early age. He explained how and why he views the Cathedral as a ‘feminine’ building, an idea which he develops in his book, and his belief that Lincoln Cathedral is one of the world’s greatest buildings - spectacular in design and full of interesting quirks. 

The following day the book was launched in London at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street, where Jonathan addressed guests with an informal speech. We are grateful to the hotel for their support of the event.

We are delighted with the result of this collaboration with the Cathedral and Jonathan. 

Above: Jim Newton (left) and Jonathan Foyle (right) signing copies at the launch in Lincoln Cathedral.  (Photograph courtesy of Robin Brittain.)
Below: Jonathan Foyle speaking at the London event.